House of Representatives Shoots Down Facebook Snooping Amendment

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This week, Facebook user protection legislation passed through the US House of Representatives. It was planned to prevent employers demanding Facebook sign-in details from their workers—but it got shot down in flames.

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In the end, the final vote was 236 to 184, with just one House Republican voting in support of the changes. If it had passed, the amendment would have tacked on an extra section to the existing Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012, allowing the FCC to step in to stop any employer asking for Facebook details.

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In the meantime, states such Maryland and Illinois are considering their own bills that would prohibit the practice of employers requesting Facebook credentials. [Tech Crunch]

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Here's the thing: why the fuck do some of you fuckheads think you should have the right to go to a private employer and force that employer to give you a job if that employer doesn't want to for any reason? If an employer doesn't like women, gays, dogs, cats, people who wear blue ties, blacks, whites, whatever...it's a private fucking business. It isn't the type of situation where there ever should've been considerations of constitutionality or making them not care about race, creed, or color.

Know why? Because it's not forced on anyone. Government is; it's inescapable, and it's why the race/creed/color stuff needs to be watched so closely when the _government_ is doing something. In private affairs, why in the fucking god damned shit hell should your desire to work at some particular place trump the desires of the owner of that place not to hire you? What the fuck entitles you?

It's not any kind of good situation when someone is forced to do something they don't want to do; they'll find ways around it, or they'll make you miserable for having forced them. And what kind of stupid fucking idiot do you have to be to think that working for someone who only lets you work there because you forced them to is good idea?

On top of that, there are already laws (stupid ones that only fuckheads are in favor of, but they already exist) to prohibit hiring discrimination based on race/creed/color and all the other stuff you're going to find out by looking at someone's Facebook page. Making new laws that do the same things as existing laws is fucking stupid because it complicates an already insane collection of laws which twists back on itself in ways even our greatest mathematicians couldn't map.

Whatever the representatives' motivation, the material outcome of this vote represents a rare case of the legislative branch doing the right thing. An employer should totally be allowed to ask whatever they want. If you don't like it, move on. Why the fuck is this so hard?